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Alkistis Protopsalti and Dimitris Mpasis to Perform in the US
Alkistis Protopsalti, one of Greece’s most significant, explosive, respected and enduring vocalists will combine her voice with that of the beloved and respected Greek vocalist Dimitris Mpasis in four performances in New York City (April 28- Tribecca PAC), Chicago (April 30 North Shore Performance Center-Skokie), Baltimore (May 6 Kraushaar Auditorium- Towson) and Boston (May 7 Berklee Performance Center). “THE BEST OF GREECE”, as the project is named, is truly the best of Greek voices and the best of Greek song selections by the “giants” of Greek composers. The Ultimate Concert Tribute to Hellenism, it is a highly anticipated event and is presented under the auspices of the Consulates General of Greece in New York, Boston and Chicago. Philhellenes everywhere are invited to the New York City performance on April 28, 2023 to celebrate the “Weekend of the Hellenic Spirit” culminating on Sunday, April 30 with the Greek Independence Day Parade in NYC.
Alkistis Sevassti Attikiouzel was born in Alexandria, Egypt to Greek parents Stavros and Maria from Asia Minor and from the island of Chios. At the age of seven, the political instability in Egypt brought them all to Athens Greece.
Fast-forward 48 years and you find that Alkistis Protopsalti is one of Greece’s most significant, explosive, respected and enduring vocalists. She commands the loyalty of fans across three generations! She boasts 28 personal albums (all gold or platinum). Her countless live performances are by no means limited to the wondrous ancient theatres of Greece, but also include renowned concert halls and theaters worldwide. Among these performances in Canada, Australia, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Turkey, Portugal, Cyprus, Israel, Romania, Sweden and Cyprus, are the most remarkable ones at the Radio City Music Hall and Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Grand Theater of Havana Opera House in Cuba, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow and the Library of Alexandria in Egypt.
Her career began in her native Greece with countless collaborations with Greek composers such as Mikis Theodorakis, Dimos Moutsis, Elias Andriopoulos, , Stamatis Kraounakis, Nikos Antypas, Stefanos Korkolis, Giannis Spanos, Stamatis Spanoudakis, Stavros Xarhakos and also with Evanthia Reboutsika and Goran Bregovic.
Alkistis believes that music has no borders and has always accompanied man. “We meet music at the moment of our birth” she remarks. “The sounds of nature and man’s attempt to imitate them were the first songs. Music dresses most of the other arts and makes them more complete. I believe music is the mother of all art”. She continues, “In difficult times we turn to art more, searching for somewhere to place our emotions.”
To the delight of her younger fans, Protopsalti performed in Greek two Walt Disney films, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” as the voice of Esmarelda and the film “Tangled” (Rapunzel) providing the demanding voice of Gothel.
Alkistis Protopsalti is quite the athlete too! She proudly ran the Olympic flame torch relay at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and lead a festive mood at the closing ceremony. Furthermore, she appeared at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Special Olympics at 2010 performing together with the renowned Italian tenor Vittorrio Grigolo. She is the only woman to have been named the “Ambassador of the Marathon” worldwide.
In August 2015, Alkistis Protopsalti became the Interim Alternate Minister of Tourism of the Greek government, a very different but most deserved title indeed! In all she does and particularly through her music, she never misses an opportunity to promote her beloved Greece.
Dimitris Mpasis began his career 30 years ago alongside Alkistis Protopsalti, making this tour a sentimental journey for them both. He has established himself as one of Greece’s most prominent vocalists of the younger generation and stands apart not only for his exceptional voice but also for his professional and artistic ethos.
A Synphonia Entertainment Inc. production with Aphrodite Daniel /Executive Producer. For more information their website is www.SynphoniaEnt.com and the phone numbe (646) 623-0270.